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History :Community and Remembrance

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on 27 October 2013

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Transcript of History :Community and Remembrance

History :Community and Remembrance Stage 2
Community and Remembrance
This topic provides a study of identity and diversity in both local and broader context. Moving from the heritage of their local area, students explore the historical features and diversity of their community. They examine local, state and national symbols and emblems of significance, and celebrations and commemorations, both locally and in other paces around the world.
Student identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world. HT2-1
Describes and expains how significant individuals, groups and events contirbuted to changes in the local community over time. HT2-2
Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication. HT2-5

The main question we are focusing on is:
How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
As a stage we are reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. We are using this as book in our classes to explore English, CAPA, and History this term instead of our COGS unit.

For the rest of the term we will be exploring in more depth the meanings and importance of commemorative days in Australia. This will coincide wtih Remembrance Day. We can aso look further into Australia Day, Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week, National Sorry Day and the significance of these days in our society. This can be expanded further with a project on a significant commemoration or celebration from around the world.
Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes
Australian commemorative Days
After looking at Peace day and its significance to Japanese people I asked my class to think about days in our country that we commemorate. This led to a long discussion about ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. We explored the origins of these days through discussion and the class identified why these days were important in our culture. You could explore this area more with further lessons.
Peace Day Lesson
We focused on Peace Day Chapter in Sadako. as we read this chapter we explored the importance of this commemoration to the Japanese. We went through, in detail, the ceremonial activities through the chapter in the book. I asked the students why they thought these particular activities were done and what they represented? The students were very interested in the paper lanterns and the white doves . They were to represent the souls of all who died from the explosion or later, from diseases such as leukaemia.
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